or bon·nie

[ bon-ee ]
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adjective,bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est.
  1. Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.

  2. British Dialect.

    • (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.

    • (of places) placid; tranquil.

    • pleasing; agreeable; good.

  1. British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.

  1. Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.

Origin of bonny

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots ) bonie, perhaps <Old French bon good + -ie-y1, perhaps by analogy with joliejolly

Other words from bonny

  • bon·ni·ly, adverb
  • bon·ni·ness, noun

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How to use bonny in a sentence

  • Child Stig to the health of his bonny bride quaffed, And forest and meadow delightedly laughed.

British Dictionary definitions for bonny (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɒnɪ) /

adjective-nier or -niest
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect beautiful or handsome: a bonny lass

  2. merry or lively: a bonny family

  1. good or fine: a bonny house

  2. (esp of babies) plump

  3. Scot and Northern English dialect considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny

  1. informal agreeably or well: to speak bonny

Origin of bonny

C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus

Derived forms of bonny

  • bonnily, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for Bonny (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbɒnɪ) /

  1. Bight of Bonny a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon: Former name (until 1975): Bight of Biafra

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